Prosecutor: 3 teens to be charged in Wyoming murder

Three suspects police believe are connected to a homicide in Wyoming. (Jan. 28, 2016/Courtesy Wyoming Dept. of Public Safety.)


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD)– Three teenagers are facing charges in connection to the murder of a Kelloggsville High School student.

The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office Friday issued charges against 18-year-old Mitchel Savickas of Wyoming, 16-year-old Daniel Benavides of Wyoming and a 15-year-old Grand Rapids boy in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Isaiah Devere Blue of Grand Rapids.

Undated courtesy photo of Isaiah Devere Blue.
Undated courtesy photo of Isaiah Devere Blue.

The shooting happened around 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 44th Street and South Division Avenue. Wyoming Public Safety officers believe the three suspects followed three other young males off a Rapid bus. Authorities believe two of the suspects pulled out guns, robbed the victims and fired shots at them before running. Blue was the only victim wounded in the crime.

Officers in Wyoming surrounded a home with two people of interest in connection to a homicide inside. (Jan. 28, 2016)
Officers in Wyoming surrounded a home with two people of interest in connection to a homicide inside. (Jan. 28, 2016)

Police pulled images of the suspects from the Rapid bus security camera and shared them with the public. Officers said the consequent tips led them to a home in the 2900 block of Colrain Street SW, where they arrested the 18-year-old suspect following a standoff. Authorities communicated with him over Facebook to get him out of the house.

It’s unknown where the two other suspects were arrested.

Savickas was arraigned Monday on six counts including felony murder, three counts of armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm. If convicted on felony murder, he faces life in prison.

A judge Friday ordered Savickas to spend seven days in jail for failing to pay all the restitution he owed in an unrelated trespassing case from September 2014.

Mitchel Savickas was arraigned via video in connection to the shooting death of a 17-year-old. (Feb. 1, 2016)
Mitchel Savickas was arraigned via video in connection to the shooting death of a 17-year-old. (Feb. 1, 2016)

Benavides faces one count of felony murder, three counts of armed robbery, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of felony firearm in adult court.

Authorities are withholding the third suspect’s name, who faces three counts of armed robbery. While he’s been designated as an adult, his case will be handled in juvenile court.

Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, a vigil will be held for Blue at the Kelloggsville football field.

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